Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is likely to be sidelined for another month or so as he continues to recover from a torn anterior-cruciate ligament, but it is possible Rondo may appear in some NBA Developmental League games before he returns for the Celtics.
Unlike baseball, where players frequently spend time in the minors on rehab assignments, NBA players virtually never play at a lower level after recovering from an injury.
But, according to the Boston Globe, the Celtics are considering sending Rondo to the Maine Red Claws, their D-League affiliate in Portland, to get a few games under his belt before playing for the Celtics.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that having Rondo play some D-League games “is a possibility for sure” and has “been discussed.”
Lakers’ Gasol to return Tuesday
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol practiced with the team on Monday and will be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reported.
The Lakers are riding a five-game losing streak and Gasol has missed the past three games with a respiratory ailment.
Gasol is averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds this season.
Bucks’ Henson may be out two weeks
Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson will miss the team’s three-game road because of a sprained left ankle he suffered on Dec. 20 in a game at Cleveland, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Monday.
Bucks coach Larry Drew said Henson could be sidelined for up to two weeks. But Henson said he wants to be back next week.
Henson is averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds for the season, but he has been particularly productive lately. In his last 10 games, Henson averaged 15.9 points and 10.7 rebounds a game.
Drew said Larry Sanders will continue to start at center and Ersan Ilyasova at power forward.
Cavaliers recall Karasev from D-League
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard/forward Sergey Karasev from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ NBA Development League affiliate, the team announced Monday.
Karasev played in Sunday’s 107-95 Charge victory over the Erie BayHawks and finished with a season-high 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.
Karasev has played in 14 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game.